Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring that our services are available to as many people as possible. The information on this page offers advice and guidance from the council and other expert organisations about how to get the most from our website regardless of access needs.

Font sizes and colour

How to change the settings, such as font size, of commonly used web browsers.

The charity AbilityNet provides a wide range of useful factsheets about using features available in many common operating systems and software to improve access.

The BBC’s My Web My Way service also offers advice about how to use accessibility features offered by common computer operating systems.

Text alternatives

We use alternative text labels on all the graphics on the website. These appear as you hover over the graphic with a mouse and provide a description of the graphic. When using screenreading software, these text alternative labels are read out and the page becomes easier to understand.

Semantic markup

We have introduced semantic markup to our webpages. This gives the page a structure and allows screenreaders to identify headings, sub-headings, lists, and emphasised text. This in turn makes the page easier to navigate and understand for the visitor.

Accesskeys

Our websites follow this accesskey standard (where possible):

  • S = Skip navigation
  • 1 = Home page
  • 2 = What’s new
  • 3 = Site map
  • 4 = Search
  • 5 = Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • 6 = Help
  • 7 = Complaints procedure
  • 8 = Terms and conditions
  • 9 = Feedback form
  • 0 = Access key details

See how to use accesskeys in different browsers

Plain English

Making the site easy to read doesn’t stop with the colours chosen. The words used must be clear and easy to understand. Warwickshire County Council has been awarded the Crystal Mark in recognition of our efforts to remove gobbledegook and simplify text for easy reading.

Internet Crystal Mark

Videos

Wherever possible, we will include subtitles and captions in our online videos. We use YouTube to host videos, which has a number of accessibility features, including the ability to increase the size and language of the subtitles.

YouTube – more information

Reading documents

We publish most of our documents as PDF (portable document format) files. PDFs are accessed using a PDF file viewer such as Adobe Reader which is free to download. Advice is also available about the accessibility features included with Adobe Reader.

Sometimes we will need to publish a document in another format. In those cases information on other document and file types is available.

Other services

Additional support services and facilities are available through our libraries to make it easier to access the web. This includes:

  • trackball
  • keyboard skins
  • accessibility wizard
  • on-screen keyboard
  • screen magnifiers
  • JAWS screen reader (in some larger libraries – please contact first to confirm)

If you, or anyone you know, has problems accessing the Warwickshire Web, send an e-mail to: webmaster@warwickshire.gov.uk

Accessibility was last updated on October 15, 2013.